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a building outside the u.s. consulate. >>> but perhaps the most dramatic and compelling developments of the day come from libya where the u.s. government is making a big push to solve the murder of four americans, including the u.s. ambassador to libya. our nbc reporter is in benghazi as police close in on the consulate attackers. >> reporter: a team of fbi investigators has arrived here in benghazi. they're gogt to now begin sifting through the rebel and ashes at the u.s. consulate to identify any clues or evidence that may help them in identifying who is behind the attack that killed the u.s. ambassador and three other americans. we also understand that the libyan government for their part is cooperating with the u.s. intelligence agencies and other agencies involved in the investigation. the libyan government believes that this was a preplanned attack, that this was not a spontaneous outburst of violence as some have suggested. so far they have four individuals in their custody. they say several more are under surveillance. they are trying to see whether these individuals have any
at this tranquil setting here on coney island beach. s because it looks phenomenal. but below the water surface we have threat of rip currents. it's not just here. to goes from maine to miami. the reason why is we have tropical storm leslie churning in the atlantic as that enhances the wave action along the eastern seaseaboard, it will ca the water to pile up in some places. when that water piles up on the shoreline, alex, it doesn't stay anchored there. it has to go back into deeper water. when that occurs at a quick, accelerated rate, it actually cuts a groove right through the sandbar. those grooves cause the water to move very quickly, at times up to eight feet per second. that could knock you off your feet, pull you into deeper water. that's when panic sets in. 80% of all lifeguard rescues have to do with rip currents, and they were very busy yesterday along the jersey shore, in fact, rescuing three people in a short amount of time. people aren't supposed to get in the water today. you see a couple out here. we may have a few rescues before the day is out. >> really awesome explanation on rip
temperatures pretty mild across much of the country, 80s up to minnesota and still going to be in the 80s and 90 ace through the southeast. it will be cooler where we have clouds and rain from isaac. that's where the clouds and rain will be pushing throughout your sunday. much of the west remains very dry and fire conditions still very dangerous there and still have a couple of big blazes burning. for labor day, we're going to watch wet weather in areas of the east. we're ending our summer season here with warm temperatures. if you're under isaac, you are going to get wet weather. back to you, alex. >> political headlines now, apparent convention bounce from mitt romney in a new poll following the republican gather. a boost among independents for governor romney, 45% rate him favorable compared to 34% before his speech on thursday. 20% find him likeable compared to 16% before the speech. paul ryan campaigned in virginia on friday addressing a group of about 1800 supporters in richmond. >> the president has put us on a path of decline, of debt, a nation in doubt. here's the good news, we c
mike viqueira is joining me live with the latest. >> reporter: there are differing facts with the u.s. and israel in the form of the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, who's taken a very hard line over the last few days. there are things the government agree on. number one iran does, in fact, have a nuclear program. they are enriching uranium. they have not taken the step to enriching it to so-called weapons grade quality, if you will. but they are on their way to doing that. you heard ambassador rice say there is still plenty of time. earlier in the year the estimates from the u.s. government was there would be about a year and that the united states and israel and the world community would know if and when iran makes that turn. another thing they agree on, it can't be just a policy of containing iran, allowing them to go nuclear, but keeping them contained much like the old cold war as the west did with the soviet union. but prime minister netanyahu wants a more forthright stance publicly from the united states in terms of that red line. setting forth, delineating a clear deadline,
the president s a as big government, antibusiness. what it really represents is the electorate is deeply divided in some of these key battleground states that president obama, mitt romney are stumping in in the days leading up to the democratic national convention. and if you talk to political analysts they say what romney did so effectively in his convention speech was to tap into some that have disappointment and to highlight it. so if you talk to surrogates of president obama, his advisers will tell you what he needs to do this week in his speeches to really count they're message. here is a little bit more of what rahm emanuel had to say on "meet the press." >> lay out an agenda and a clear vision of the next four years in which you have an economy built on the middle class. the middle class cannot afford like the last decade where they see their economic security and their economic position decline further. they have to participate in the economic growth. they have to be able to own a home, send their kids to college, save for their retirement, and not be one sickness away from bankruptcy. >
outside a building housing the u.s. consulate. they did not gain access to the building though. in all the demonstrations stretched from the pacific rim to the atlantic ocean. and joining me now is colonel jack jacobs, congressional medal of honor recipient and our msnbc military analyst. he's here in studio with me. let's talk about first of all what happened. the libya attacks in benghazi. there are suggestions that these were well-coordinated attacks as opposed that which first was reported that it was just a mob attack. what's the intel on that? >> it is -- it was hastily planned but it was planned, nonetheless. all the evidence points to that. small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, wielded by soldiers who were properly trained in what looked like a tactical attack. so it was planned. i think the consulate was a target of opportunity. there's no doubt about it. >> so was it well defended? >> well, it wasn't defended at all. which is -- and the state department has a great deal to answer for. there's no reason why, in a place like libya, that hasn't finished wi
something chilly temperatures across the dakotas now. temperatures down in the 30s. we have frost advisories, freeze warning in those areas. but across the east coast, we're actually focusing more on rain today. we are going to see a line of showers and thunderstorms moving through western new york, western pennsylvania. it could give us some potential for stronger storms around the northeast rarilater this aftern and evening. we have tropical moisture through florida. high pressure builds into the middle of the country where it is still dry. kansas city, though, a little cool, a little fall-like for this first official day of fall. 65 degrees in kansas city. minneapolis, though, only in the 50s today. certainly feeling like fall out that way. the west coast, foggy through seattle, temperatures in the lower 60s. into sunday, 70 again up into boston. we are looking at more scattered showers and storms through florida. 59 degrees in chicago. so that cooler air certainly moving into the northern tier of the country. 67, though, on sunday in kansas city. dallas, the rest of texas looking hot. we
to be inflicted by the u.s. was this them just retaliating back to the u.s., hitting regular americans in the pocket books and setting that terrorism type of fear that our banks are going to be compromised because of the types of attacks that america has presumably done to their nuclear capabilities? >> sure. it's retaliation and it's also them realizing that they need these kind of capabilities to protect themselves. so they've beefed up their cyber defenses as well as their offenses. but it's not just about scaring people. again it's not clear. we're unable to get complete information about what sort of capabilities the iranians have. but there's no reason to assume that they don't have capabilities that could actually inflict damage to banks and other parts of the infrastructure. >> why do you think that we're just learning about this now? i know you've been reporting about this. but we've had the ideas or the inference that this has been going on or about to come for a very long time. >> sure. so why are the leaks coming out now? i think there's a couple of reasons. one is obviousl
in the atlantic but some parts of the u.s. may be feeling her effects. >>> a new report on airfare. why you may be paying more as the holiday season approaches. >>> good morning. i'm chris jansing filling in for alex. >>> a critical day unfolding on the campaign trail this saturday. both president obama and mitt romney taking their messages to key battleground states after both sides made their case at their conventions. the president begins in st. petersburg, florida, this morning, before heading to kissimmee. governor romney will speech in virginia beach and then attend a nascar race in richmond. a day after the new molly jobs report showing the economy added fewer than expected 96,000 jobs, even though the jobless rate dropped to 8.1% to 8.3%. here's the president's take from the campaign trail. >>> today we learned that after losing around 800,000 jobs a month when i took office, business once again added jobs for the 30th month in a row. a total of more than 4.6 million jobs. but that's not good enough. we know that's not good enough. we need to create more jobs faster. >> kristinen welker
's response. >> of course, he deserves credit for giving the order for the s.e.a.l. team 6 to go after bin laden and take him out. that's exactly right. with regards to gm, we'll probably get a chance to take a closer look at that. my view was general motors should have gone into bankruptcy earlier. the president resisted that for six months. i said let them go into bankruptcy. help them come out. but let them go in. >> mr. romney also answered critics who say his family's wealth has made him and his wife not relatable to the average american. >> i really those people that try and minimize the feeling and the connection we have with the american people really miss the mark very badly and are trying to divide americans based on who has money and who is able to achieve success and who does not have as much. frankly, americans are not defined by whether they were successful financially or not. >> govern eor romney's was also asked about clint eastwood's speech at the republican national convention that had a lot of people scratching their heads. >> it was a little bizarre to have him talking
? new word from the top u.s. spy office on the killing of the american ambassador there. was it another september 11th al qaeda attack? >>> 38 days and counting. polls show a turn toward the president. how might those numbers affect what happens at the voting booth in november? we'll examine that. >>> not seeing red anymore? one report this morning suggests that an attack on iran by israel may not be as close as once thought. >>> in office politics, the "today" show's savannah guthrie, we hear one question, it's a key one, of what she asked the the president in her interview with him this week. good morning, everyone. welcome to "weekends with alex witt." today reaction to a rare reversal from u.s. intelligence officials on what happened in libya. officials now admit they got it wrong. the director of national intelligence office says, quote, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information. and the intelligence community now believes it was a deliberate and organized attack which left the u.s. ambassador and three others dead. now members of congress from both parties are d
from u.s. intelligence officials on what happened in libya. officials now admit they got it wrong. the director of national intelligence office says, quote, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information. and the intelligence community now believes it was a deliberate and organized attack which left the u.s. ambassador and three others dead. now members of congress from both parties are demanding answers. on the ground in benghazi investigators can't even get to the scene. nbc's mike viqueira is joining us from the white house with more. good saturday morning to you. >> good morning. >> how big is this reversal? >> it's a very big deal. from the beginning, alex, ever since those attacks on september 11th in benghazi, libya, that left four americans dead, 9 questions not only have been how could this have happened but did the administration shy away, intentionally mislead the american public about the involvement of terrorists, and in particular elements tied to al qaeda. now there are many republicans who say the administration, including the president, specifically
that in just a moment. today there's reaction and a rare reversal from u.s. intelligence official on what happened in libya. officials now admit they got it wrong. the director of national intelligence office says "we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information." and the intelligence community now believes it was a "deliberate and organized attack" which left the u.s. ambassador and three others dead. now members of congress from both parties are demanding answers. on the ground in benghazi, investigators can't even get to the scene. nbc's mike viqueira is joining us from the white house with more on this. mike, how big a deal is this reversal? >> reporter: well, it's very controversial and potentially a big deal. the question all along is ever since those september 11th attacks what caused them, what was the motivation for the people who killed four americans including the american ambassador. and at the beginning as everybody is well aware at this point, the white house insisted that these were spontaneous demonstrations, a reaction to that anti-islamic film, much like the
weekend. from here he heads to colorado. 's going to take a little bit of a break from the trail on monday to visit louisiana, to visit with some of the folks who were impacted by isaac. that trip comes on the heels of mitt romney visiting louisiana on friday. by the way, both campaigns saying that there really is no problem with romney having visited the region earlier. the obama campaign pointing to the fact that they really had made their plans prior to knowing about mitt romney's plans. but then once he leaves louisiana he will be back on the campaign trail and then, of course, to the dnc and that all-important speech that he has thursday night. >> yeah. you know, he's starting this run-up to the dnc in iowa he's been pretty focused on that state. >> reporter: he really has been, alex. this is his seventh visit to iowa this year. he was here earlier this week. i was here with him a couple of weeks agoing during a bus tour. this state holds a lot of significancing for president obama. this is the state that helped launch him to the presidency back in 2008. it has six electoral votes, no
ushering in the matter of prosperity. building the -- he had this air of prosperity in the 1950s. >> wasn't this build as an escape route for the atomic bomb? >> many, many politicians revere ronald reagan. they have admired that. along with many americans, what do you think is behind his popularity, ultimately? he was the president during a time of broadly shared prosperity in the 190s and he helped to usher in that prosperity. and as our story points out, he was a great communicator. >> also on the list, bill clinton, he made that big old splash in the dnc. why was his presidency such a success? >> i think it was him helping the democratic party. helping ending the motion of the a robust welfare state and really modernizing the democratic party and making it more business friendly. >> is there someone who this yale historian decided was the worst president? >> he did not ran rank the worst president of the last 100 years. >> but president obama made that cut, being the most recent. not only even that. i think he was a path breaking president, you look at health care reform. it it it's.
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